Real life stories

Rose at The Brain Charity's centre

Rose’s aphasia story: “A stroke took my voice away. Singing in The Brain Charity’s choir helped me find it again”

When Rose's ability to speak returned following a stroke, she had a Russian accent.

Category: Volunteering

Published: 13 April 2022

Paul began volunteering at \the Brain Charity following his diagnosis with motor neurone disease

Paul’s Motor Neurone Disease story: “The spirit of community at The Brain Charity makes me feel better about life”

Paul's MND means he can't work - he now volunteers at The Brain Food Cafe.

Category: Volunteering

Published: 1 November 2021

Rachel talks about the support she received from The Brain Charity in Liverpool

Rachel’s brain haemorrhage story: “I had to relearn how to talk; The Brain Charity has been a lifeline”

She spent 2 weeks in a coma and now struggles with slurred speech.

Category: Volunteering

Published: 5 February 2021

Jan enjoys volunteering on The Brain Charity reception

Jan’s brain tumour story: “The prospect of doing nothing was daunting; volunteering helped me get back to being me”

Jan was forced to give up her job - now volunteering gives her purpose.

Category: Volunteering

Published: 18 October 2021

Debbie, seated looking at camera

Debbie’s bipolar story: “I was struggling inside – The Brain Charity gave me the courage to get back into the workplace”

Debbie had low self-esteem, but volunteering boosted her confidence

Category: Volunteering

Published: 19 January 2022

Kim socialising at The Brain Charity cafe

Kim’s migraine story: “I thought only elderly people had strokes; The Brain Charity gave me a new lease of life”

Kim felt totally alone after she had a stroke before her 34th birthday.

Category: Volunteering

Published: 10 November 2021

The Brain Charity’s phone befriending service was a lifeline for Craig

Craig’s COVID-19 story: “The Brain Charity’s weekly phone befriending calls kept me alive during the pandemic”

The 66-year-old faced debilitating loneliness during the lockdowns.

Category: Volunteering

Published: 4 August 2021

Peyton talks about her functional neurological condition with The Brain Charity

Peyton’s functional neurological disorder story: “Being diagnosed changed my life for the better”

Volunteer Peyton is now dedicating herself to raising awareness of FND.

Category: Volunteering

Published: 10 November 2021

Christine today

Christine’s epilepsy story: “Before there was loneliness from being trapped inside, but now I don’t feel alone”

She was diagnosed with epilepsy as a baby and has experienced seizures ever since.

Category: Volunteering

Published: 15 March 2021

Matthew in The Brain Food Café

Matthew’s autism story: “I’m often treated differently, but not working at The Brain Charity”

The 21-year-old, who has ASD, has gained huge amounts of confidence.

Category: Volunteering

Published: 15 March 2021